In a recent Twitch live stream, actor Robbie Amell (Code 8) has confirmed that he’s currently back on the set of Sony Pictures and Constantin Films’ Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City to start filming the reshoots for the upcoming reboot film. This comes five months after the new film adaptation completed its principal photography. It is currently scheduled for a November 24, 2021, theatrical release, which sees Welcome to Raccoon City going up against Disney’s new animated film Encanto and Ridley Scott’s crime drama pic Gucci starring Adam Driver and Lady Gaga.
“I’m actually back in Toronto for Resident Evil reshoots,” Amell said (via Comic Book). “So I’m back in Chris Redfield mode.”
In Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, once the booming home of pharmaceutical giant Umbrella Corporation, Raccoon City is now a dying Midwestern town. The company’s exodus left the city a wasteland, with great evil brewing below the surface, and when that evil is unleashed, the townspeople are forever changed and a small group of survivors must work together to uncover the truth behind Umbrella and make it through the night. Returning to the terrifying roots of the massively popular Resident Evil franchise, fan, and filmmaker Roberts brings the games of the billion-dollar franchise and the most successful video game adaptation in history to life for a whole new generation of fans.
The upcoming movie will be an official origin story to Capcom’s long-running survival horror video game franchise, which will be unrelated to Paul W.S. Anderson’s Milla Jovovich-led franchise. The story will be set on an infamous night in Raccoon City in 1998 when the Umbrella Corporation unleashed hell upon the world and it was up to a select group of people to stop them.
The movie star Kaya Scodelario as Claire Redfield, Hannah John-Kamen as Jill Valentine, Robbie Amell as Chris Redfield, Tom Hopper as Albert Wesker, Avan Jogia as Leon S. Kennedy, Neal McDonough as William Birkin, and Lily Gao as Ada Wong. Chad Rook, Donal Logue, and Marina Mazepa have been cast for the roles of Richard Aiken, Chief Brian Irons, and Lisa Trevor, respectively, marking the live-action debuts for the characters. Among the main characters from the video games, only Leon S. Kennedy wasn’t featured in Sony’s first Resident Evil films.
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City is directed by Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down) from a screenplay he co-wrote with Greg Russo. Producers are Constantin Films’ Robert Kulzer, James Harris from Tea Shop Productions and Hartley Gorenstein, with Constantin’s CEO Martin Moskowicz and Davis Film’s Victor Hadida set as executive producers.
Based on Capcom’s hugely popular video games, the Resident Evil movies have earned $1.2 billion worldwide to date, making it the highest-grossing film series to be based on a video game.